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Sisters of Iowa state representative are killed in Pittsburgh

Officials approached the home where the bodies of Susan and Sarah Wolfe were found.

Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Associated Press

Officials approached the home where the bodies of Susan and Sarah Wolfe were found.

PITTSBURGH — Two sisters of an Iowa state representative were found dead of gunshot wounds to the head in the Pittsburgh home they shared, and police are investigating the case as a double homicide.

The bodies of 44-year-old Susan Wolfe and 38-year-old Sarah Wolfe were found Friday afternoon in their basement after they did not show up for work, authorities said. Police found Sarah Wolfe’s car around 1:15 a.m. Saturday parked nearly a mile away.

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Sarah Wolfe was a psychiatrist for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Susan Wolfe was a teacher’s aide at Hillel Academy in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

A sister, Mary Wolfe, is an Iowa Democratic state representative who lives in Clinton. Her website says she is the oldest of eight children, six girls and two boys.

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Pittsburgh police Lieutenant Daniel Herrmann said they do not have a motive for the killings and there were no signs of forced entry. Family members, most of whom live in Iowa, said they are still trying to figure out what happened.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said both women died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Sarah Wolfe purchased the home in the East Liberty neighborhood on Dec. 3 for $210,000, Allegheny County records show. Susan Wolfe had recently moved from Iowa to live with her sister.

Associated Press

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